UCSD Offers Certificate in Mobile Apps Development

— May 31, 2011

To help meet the need for app developers for cell phones and other wireless devices, UC San Diego Extension is now offering a Mobile Applications Certificate Program. Led by the Digital Arts Center, the one-year, two-night a week certificate is an advanced training program for smartphone application enthusiasts and industry professionals seeking opportunities to expand their design, programming and software development skills.
The mobile applications development certificate program is designed to give students comprehensive training encompassing programming, interface design and interaction design. During the final two quarters, students produce a complete mobile application for devices including iOS- and Android-based smartphones.
Mobile applications have infiltrated virtually every area of our lives both personally and professionally. Mobile applications range from giving access to a specific database to complete Web access. Mobile applications help users streamline and organize their lives with a touch of a screen. Apps can provide a wide range of services from educational to informational, and social to recreational, helping users navigate their lives as well as their surroundings.
“Mobile applications are produced by thousands of mobile application companies across the world,” says Sam Shpigelman, program advisor of the Mobile Applications and Casual Gaming program at the Digital Arts Center at UCSD Extension. “Our mobile apps program is a great compliment to our already successful casual gaming program and both curriculums address the booming mobile media industry. Through our comprehensive training in game and mobile apps development, we offer individuals the skills needed to engage with and succeed in this rapidly evolving billion dollar industry.”
This is hardly a new focus for the school, The Digital Arts Center, a branch of UC San Diego Extension, offers professional training in various digital media art fields such as game design, graphic design, mobile apps development, video production, and Web design.
From their experience they have evolved the classroom setting to better suit the modern student. Students work directly with instructors who are practicing mobile application developers. In unison they conceive individual and group concepts for mobile applications and execute the prototypes in a team-based or individual setting.
If you live in the San Diego area and want to step up your game this seems like an excellent opportunity to work with industry experts and like-minded people. Heck, if you are just looking for a good excuse to move to the city constantly rated as the best weather in the US it is worth it. For additional information visit the website: dac.ucsd.edu, email dac(at)uscd(dot)edu or call 858.534.6705.


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